Paris-Nice diary: Sky’s biggest challenge

Anarchic nature of this year's Paris-Nice route means that Sky will have a tough job controlling the race lead

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Another stage race, another Sky rider in the yellow jersey.

Geraint Thomas only became Plan A for the British team at Paris-Nice on the eve of the race, when Richie Porte was pulled out and swapped in for the injured Chris Froome at Tirreno-Adriatico. But this might well turn out to be as smart a tactical move as the one which moved Thomas clear of a fragmented and disorganised peloton over Mont Brouilly in yesterday’s third stage to Belleville.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.